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Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953)

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A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
The Mellomen ...
Singing Group (voice) (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ...
Penelope Pinfeather (voice) (uncredited)
Charlie Parlato ...
Chorus Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ...
Professor Owl / Bertie Birdbrain (voice) (uncredited)
Gloria Wood ...
Susy Sparrow (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In this short subject (which mostly represents a departure from Disney's traditional approach to animation), a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of Western musical instruments. Starting with cavepeople, whose crude implements could only "toot, whistle, plunk and boom," the owl explains how these beginnings led to the development of the four basic types of Western musical instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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10 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Adventures in Music: Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shown as an accompanying short subject along with the 1963 re-release of Fantasia (1940). See more »

Quotes

Owl: Today we're going to study about...
Boy bird: [looking at a comic book] Ancient history?
Susy Sparrow: Love and mystery?
Penelope Pinfeather: [writing on the blackboard] Mathematics?
Twin brothers: [balancing other students on their heads] Acrobatics?
Students: Readin', spellin'...
Bertie Birdbrain: Storytellin'?
Owl: No, no, no!
[bops Bertie on the head]
Owl: The study of musical instruments is the subject for today.
[...]
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A Toot And A Whistle And A Plunk And A Boom
Written by Sonny Burke & Jack Elliott
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A worthy short, and another Oscar, for Uncle Walt with this short clearly influenced by UPA's work

This short, Disney's best in some time, won an Oscar and clearly shows an influence from the animation style of the UPA studios that were doing remarkable work in the 1950s. Disney did a number of shorts that were different stylistically and in tone than the work they had produced in the 1930s and 1940s and this is probably the best of those shorts. I's good to see that it's available, even if it's only on a DVD as additional material. Most recommended.


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